Violet Blue

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Violet Blue
Violet Blue April 2013.jpg
Violet Blue, self-portrait
BornSeptember 22[1]
OccupationJournalist for CBS Interactive[2] and blogger
GenreTechnology, Harm Reduction, Sex Education, Erotica
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For the Chara album, see Violet Blue (album). For other uses, see Violet blue (disambiguation).
Violet Blue
Violet Blue April 2013.jpg
Violet Blue, self-portrait
BornSeptember 22[1]
OccupationJournalist for CBS Interactive[2] and blogger
GenreTechnology, Harm Reduction, Sex Education, Erotica

Violet Blue is an American journalist, author, editor, advisor, and educator.

Blue wrote a weekly sex column for the San Francisco Chronicle until 2010.[3] In her podcast, Open Source Sex, she reads erotica and discusses topics such as fetishes and oral sex.[4] She also has a video blog. She lectures at San Francisco Sex Information on the topics of oral sex and fetish. Blue is the author of several books on sex and has edited several volumes of erotica anthologies. Her first book, an erotic anthology she edited, was titled Sweet Life: Erotic Fantasies for Couples. It was published in December 2001 by Cleis Press.

Online and Media Presence[edit]



Violet Blue is the author's legal name. In an online article, she has stated:

My name really is Violet Blue. Despite any rubbish you’ve seen by my harassers and detractors, Violet Blue is the name on my passport, social security card, all my ID, and it is who I am.[11]

Violet Blue has registered her name as a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The request was filed on March 2, 2007, and registered as a service mark on March 4, 2008.[12]

On August 19, 2011, Blue's Google+ account was suspended for failing to comply with the Google+ real name policy, but this decision was reversed three days later.[13]


In October 2007, Blue filed a lawsuit against adult actress Ada Mae Johnson,[14] who had performed as "Violet Blue" since 2000,[15] alleging that Johnson had adopted Blue's persona, and her recently trademarked (in 2007) name, "Violet Blue."[16] She said she had been using the name in writings since 1999.[14] The lawsuit alleged trademark violation and dilution, as well as unfair business practices. Pursuant to a preliminary injunction and court order granted in 2007[17] to cease using "names, trademarks and Internet domains confusingly similar to, or identical to, Plaintiff's trademark VIOLET BLUE," Johnson changed her stage name to Noname Jane. The lawsuit was settled in October 2008.[18]

In July 2008, Blue sought restraining orders against online critics David Burch (aka Ben Burch) and Nina Alter to prohibit them from e-mailing her, editing her Wikipedia page, or writing unkindly about her online. Both motions were dismissed but she is allowed to file again.[19]

Boing Boing deletions[edit]

Around June 2008, there was controversy in the blogosphere after Violet Blue posted on her blog claiming that the blog Boing Boing had removed all posts referring to the author (estimated by a Los Angeles Times blogger[20] to number at least 70) from the site. A heated debate ensued after a brief statement on the Boing Boing site regarding this action stated: "Violet behaved in a way that made us reconsider whether we wanted to lend her any credibility or associate with her. It's our blog and so we made an editorial decision, like we do every single day".[21] Boing Boing editor Xeni Jardin said that she hoped she would not have to make the reasons public.[22] URL shortener[edit]

In August 2009, Violet Blue and Ben Metcalfe launched a URL shortening service with the domain name, which was described as "the Internet's first and only sex-positive URL shortener."[23] The site was hosted on the .ly top-level domain, and the main page showed Violet Blue holding a bottle of beer.[24] In October 2010, the site was shut down following a letter to Violet Blue from Libya Telecom & Technology, saying that the site was contrary to the principles of Sharia law and stating: "The issue of offensive imagery is quite subjective, as what I may deem as offensive you might not, but I think you'll agree that a picture of a scantily clad lady with some bottle in her hand isn't exactly what most would consider decent or family friendly at the least." Ben Metcalfe responded by stating, "We're very clear that the site did not have pornographic or adult content hosted on it; but even if we did, my bigger concern is that the domain registry is trying to regulate against the content of a website. A domain and a website are two extricably decoupled and separate entities."[25]

Security Bsides talk cancellation[edit]

In February 2013, Violet Blue had her talk cancelled by the B Sides (Security Conference) SF organizer. The talk sex +/- drugs: known vulns and exploits received a complaint from Ada Initiative Executive Director Valerie Aurora that the talk was off-topic and might contain trauma triggers while admitting that she did not know the content of the talk. Violet Blue then gave the talk at a later at BSidesLV.[26][27][28][29]




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  1. ^ Violet Blue, "the birthday, the turning point". Retrieved September 19, 2012.
  2. ^ "CBS Staff Journalist Profile for Violet Blue". Retrieved 2014-07-08. 
  3. ^ Batey, Eve (3 March 2010). "Violet Blue Explains Why She Quit The Chronicle/Gate". The San Francisco Appeal. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "San Francisco Bay Guardian Arts and Entertainment". 2005-11-29. Retrieved 2013-08-29. 
  5. ^ "Geek Entertainment TV". Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Web Celeb 25 list - Violet Blue
  7. ^ "Tech Broiler". ZDNet. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  8. ^ "Pulp Tech". ZDNet. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  9. ^ "Digita Publications". Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Best Sex Educators - 2013". 
  11. ^ Blue, Violet. "My name is Violet Blue". My Name Is Me, Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "VIOLET BLUE". United States Patent and Trademark Office. Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  13. ^ Blue, Violet. "Google Plus: Too Much Unnecessary Drama". ZDNet. Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  14. ^ a b Ryan Singel (2007-10-24). "Sex Writer Violet Blue Sues Porn Star Violet Blue Over Name". Wired News. Retrieved 2007-10-24. 
  15. ^ Noname Jane, The Best Performer You Never Heard Of"; Adult Video News, May 16, 2008.
  16. ^ US Patent and Trademark Office.
  17. ^ Order Granting Plaintiff's Motion for a Preliminary Injunction.
  18. ^ Noname Jane Settles With Violet Blue - AINews.
  19. ^ "Violet Blues restraining order dismissed but allows refiling". Retrieved 2013-08-29. 
  20. ^ Sarno, David (June 30, 2008). "Violet Blue scratches her head over BoingBoing purge". Archived from the original on 2008-07-01. 
  21. ^ Teresa Nielsen Hayden (2008-07-01). "That Violet Blue thing, Posted By Teresa Nielsen Hayden / Moderator, July 1, 2008 8:48 AM". Retrieved 2013-08-29. 
  22. ^ Steve Johnson (2008-07-09). ""Blog hits nerve in excising some old posts", Steve Johnson, ''Chicago Tribune'', retrieved July 8, 2008". Retrieved 2013-08-29. 
  23. ^ 'Sex-positive URL shortener' Vbly launches CNET News, August 19, 2009.
  24. ^ Libya takes hard line on .ly link shortening domains BBC News, October 6, 2010.
  25. ^ "Libyan domain shutdown no threat, insists". The Guardian. 9 October 9, 2010.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  26. ^ Blue, Violet (2013). "Silence Equals Death: Sex, Drugs and Effects". BSides Las Vegas. Retrieved 2014-07-08. "(Hacking Illustrated Series InfoSec Tutorial Videos)" 
  27. ^ "Security B-Sides /Frontpage". Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  28. ^ "Controversy Over Violet Blue's Harm Reduction Talk". February 27, 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  29. ^ "Keeping it on-topic: the problem with discussing sex at technical conferences". The Ada Initiative. February 26, 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 

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